It’s a rite of passage to have your friends over for a slumber party when you are growing up. But, once you are a parent, you realize how much responsibility you face during these events. You have to make your home a safe and inviting space for overnight guests. Let’s take a look at how you can do that in ways that create a safe environment for everyone.
The bottom line is, you know your own child, but you don’t know other people’s children in the same way. Still, you have to protect them with the same caution you would your own kids.
Sleepover Safety Takes Planning
When your kids have their first sleepovers, you’re inviting a lot of unknown situations into the home. This might make you realize that you have to institute a new range of safety rules.
- Know every child who comes into the home. Remember, even though you are not that child’s parent, you are responsible for their safety. Find out if any of the children have to take medicine, have special diets or other needs.
- Get to know the parents as well. Have their contact information, and know when and where they will pick up the kids. Ask them, specifically, who will pick the child up.
- Keep any high-risk items out of the reach of the children. If you have firearms, power tools, alcohol or other sensitive items in the home, keep them under lock and key.
- Supervise the kids’ activities. Always know where they are and what they are doing. Set ground rules on what they can and cannot do. Even if you ordinarily let your child climb the tree in the front yard, it might not be a good idea to make this a group activity.
- If you have pets in the home, make sure they interact with the children in safe ways. Monitor the pet for any signs of distress. Remove them if they become aggressive.
- Impress on your child the importance of good behavior. Make sure they understand the importance of keeping themselves and their friends safe.
If something happens to one of the guests, your homeowners liability insurance might come into play. For example, if one of the guests falls and sustains a head injury, they might have medical bills to pay. Your coverage can help their family meet these needs. It might also protect your own family if another party sues you for causing harm to their child.
Even so, you have to do what you can to keep the chances of the accidents to a minimum. That might help reduce your chances of ever having to file an insurance claim.
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